Bowmore small batch is part of an industry wide trend of releasing whisky with no age statement. Proponents say that the focus should be on flavour, not age, and obsession with a fairly arbitrary number disguises quality. Critics claim it is just a way of flogging young whisky to meet rising demand. In reality, itís a bit of both. This small batch release is priced similarly to the 12 year old, and we think it stands up well in comparison.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Very light at first, then sweet and sour. Tropical fruits with a distant sour smoke, interspersed with a hint of lemon tea.
Palate: A thin layer of creaminess as the smoke again keeps its distance, allowing the salt and lemon to flourish. The smoke, however, returns late on in peppery form, finishing with a squeeze of lime juice.
Retails for around £30-40